The #RLTM Scoreboard: Social Networking Stats for the Week
|Facebook:||over 845 million active users||via Facebook|
|Twitter:||over 500 million users||via Twopcharts|
|Qzone:||500 million active users||via China Internet Watch|
|Sina Weibo:||over 300 million users||via Bloomberg Businessweek|
|Renren:||over 170 million users||via iResearch iUser Tracker|
|LinkedIn:||150 million members||via LinkedIn|
|Google Plus:||100 million active users||via Google|
|Tumblr:||51.5 million blogs||via Tumblr|
|Instagram:||40 million users||via TechCrunch|
|Tagged:||20 million unique monthly users||via Tagged|
|Foursquare:||nearly 20 million users||via Business Insider|
|Pinterest:||11.7 million unique monthly users||via TechCrunch|
|Posterous:||3.9 million members||via SF Gate|
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Google+ Tops 100 Million Active Users
An April 11th post on Google’s official blog by Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Google, announced that 170 million people have upgraded to Google+. This comes less than a week after Google CEO Larry Page confirmed that the social network now has 100 million active users (those who log on at least once per month) in a post on Google’s Investor Relations blog.
These numbers were announced just as Google rolled out a redesign for Google+, “introducing a more functional and flexible version of Google+” that “accelerates our efforts to create a simpler, more beautiful Google,” according to Gundotra.
The new design is “much prettier and easier to navigate than its predecessor,” according to The New York Times, with icons now sitting on the left of the screen, allowing users to navigate quickly between different areas of Google+. The previously oversize input box is much smaller, and photo sharing has become a huge focus for the social network – photos are “seamlessly” incorporated in each user’s stream, and feature hidden icons that give users options without cluttering up the screen.
Next steps? The Google+ redesign does not yet extend to mobile. Google spokeswoman Kat Eller told The New York Times, “Today, the mobile experience will not change, but we are looking at ways to integrate these changes into mobile devices.”
Even if Google+ manages to redesign its mobile experience quickly, will it be any match for Facebook – now that the social networking giant has acquired mobile photo-sharing service Instagram?